It has a name. At least part of it does.
Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
Big scary name, but basically, Simon’s nervous system does not function normally. He can’t sense the space around him as well as other kids. He doesn’t feel things like other kids. He gets overstimulated easily, but his system also craves sensory stimulation. Confusing, right? Just think how confused he is most of the time! Combined with his gimpy eye, it’s a wonder he can walk, let alone ride a bike, run or jump.
As we listened to the consultant describe what kids with SID experience, and how their behavior correlates, a lightbulb went off in my head. Suddenly, I get it. Everything makes sense.
The tantrums are still frustrating. I am still tired of the hitting, biting and hair-pulling. But I’m no longer frustrated with him.
He’s doing the best he can, most of the time.
It’s treatable, especially since we caught it at a young age. Therapy should help.
We’re certain he has SID. All autistic people have SID. Not all people with SID have autism. We’ll know if it’s both in a few months, but for now I’m happy to have some answers, and hopeful he’s on the road to being a happier little kid.
I wrote about it more over here: blogs.twincities.com/dailyjuggle.